Monday, June 4, 2012
Book Review: ON WRITING
ON WRITING by Stephen King
It took me awhile to finally jump into this book - - simply because I'm not a fan of memoirs or books of the biographical type.
I wished I would've started this book sooner! It was simply wonderful.
The first half is a memoir of King's life, and if you are a fan of his, you'll love it. From wiping his bum with poison ivy to being locked in a closet, the glimpses into his life will make you appreciate his writing even more.
The second half of the book is about the craft of writing. So if you're not interested in writing, you may want to skip that section, but if you are a writer, King offers many helpful tips, such as stop researching so much and just write the story:
"Remember that you are writing a novel, not a research paper. The story always comes first" (page 233).
The only downside to this book is King's language. If you're a fan of his, you already know he uses profanity. If you flinch at the F word, you may need to take a muscle relaxant before starting this book.
And YES! I achieved my word count goal of at least 2000 words Friday AND Saturday! I'm shooting for the same goal today. And frankly, the quote above from King has helped me. I have found the researching side of my WIP so interesting that it has become a huge time-suck. So focusing on achieving my word count goal without stopping to research a point or an idea has helped move me forward.
How about you?
Do you spend too much time researching topics for your writing?